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Harvard Officials Stole $110,000 Meant for Disabled, Say Police

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 07:08 AM

Two former Harvard Law School officials are accused of stealing $110,000 from an account created to assist disabled students, according to police and prosecutors.

Harvard University police charged that Meg DeMarco, 33, and Darris Saylors, 32, purchased laptops, iPads, DVD's, jewelry and some X-rated items totaling about $110,000, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WBZ-TV on Monday.

Elizabeth Vlock, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney's office, told the Harvard Crimson that DeMarco and Saylors have both been charged with two counts of larceny over $250.

Saylors also was charged with "two counts of false entry into corporate books, uttering a false writing and forgery of a document in connection with an alleged theft," according to Vlock.

A new budget manager at the law school noticed some discrepancies in the account the officials were using, leading to the investigation, said WBZ-TV. DeMarco and Saylors eventually resigned from their positions in the dean of students office while the investigation continued, per the television station.

"Criminal charges filed on Feb. 10 by the Middlesex County district attorney's office stem from an HLS internal financial audit a little over three years ago," said Michelle B. Deakin, a spokeswoman for the law school, per the Crimson. "The audit resulted in a referral to the Harvard University Police Department in November 2013 by the law school administration and the former dean of students."

According to court documents, a subpoena to Apple not only traced items back to the DeMarco's and Saylor's residences, but to Saylor's friends and family in California, Washington, and Tennessee, said WBZ-TV.

Authorities charged that Saylors tried to conceal items she purchased in budget documents by changing the descriptions to things like, "textbooks for disabilities accommodations."

"It was a big job and I made mistakes," DeMarco told WBZ-TV. "I never intended to harm the university. I'm very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation."

The Harvard Crimson said DeMarco now works as the associate director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College and Saylors as the assistant director of the University of Chattanooga Honors College.

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